Plenty of hitting emerging this month to provide your team with that needed shot in the arm. We have five star prospects finally delivering and injured veterans getting healthy. As temeperatures continue to heat up across the country, balls are flying out of the park. If you need help behind the plate, in the middle, corner or outfield, we have some talent certain to improve your club.
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Colby Rasmus Toronto (OF)- If Rasmus is availble in your league, this may be your last chance to grab the former five-tool St.Louis prospect. Rasmus is doing it all, with a five hit performance on Tuesday against the White Sox and homers back to back the past two days against Atlanta and Washington. Coming off a 12-hit week with eight RBI and some stellar glove work, Rasmus figures to be settling in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. Hitting in front of Jose Bautista can't hurt either. Get him now!
Ben Revere Minnesota (OF)- Revere has been delivering since the holiday weekend, hitting .400 with seven steals over 13 games. Much has been expected from the 24 year old left hander who was a first round pick in 2007. He won't help you in the power department, but is developing a track record of production. Over 450 at bats a year ago, Revere swiped 34 bases while hitting .267.
Brett Wallace Houston (1B)- Is the former number one pick finally going to deliver on the enormous promise long expected? Since getting called up to replace the injured Carlos Lee, Wallace is raking at a .400 clip with a couple of home runs and four RBI. Wallace had a shot last season, but failed to bring the light tower power he put on display while enjoying an All-American career at Arizona State. The 26-year old may be running out of time and so far is displaying a sense of urgency.
Gaby Sanchez Florida (1B)- The Marlins have made a habit of sending their young power hitters to the minors to break out of funks. Last season it was Logan Morrison and this year slugging first baseman Gaby Sanchez. Sanchez had a break out season in '10 with 19-85-.273 and followed that up with almost identical numbers last season. Sanchez was ice cold out of the gate this season with only one homer in his first 38 games. After three weeks in the minors, Sanchez returned Sunday with a double against Tampa and another hit last night.
Gordon Beckham Chicago WS (2B)- How many times have you taken a chance on this guy? I have to admit that I have had him for at least a short period every year. I am happy to say I believe this could be the year! Following a slow start, Beckham has banged out 19 hits since Memorial Day weekend, including three home runs and a dozen RBI. Chosen eighth overall in the 2008 draft following a stellar career at the University of Georgia, Beckham is definitely worth a look if you have any need at all in the middle.
Brian Roberts Baltimore (2B)- The Orioles are my favorite American League team so I must admit I have been keeping at eye on Roberts. I keep imagining a return to 2009 form when he turned 16-79-.283 with 30 steals. Since Roberts' career season, he has appeared in only 98 games over the past two years, suffering from post-concussion symptoms. Roberts' 20 game rehab assgnment expires tonight and he is expected to be activated on Wednesday. Brian is expected to rotate between 2B and DH.
Scott Hairston NY Mets (OF)- The journeyman has been one of the hottest hitter in the game in recent weeks. A utility player that can fill in at a number of positions, Hairston will need to keep pace as Jason Bay has returned from the disabled list. Just how hot is Hairston you ask? Over the past two and a half weeks, Hairston is 12-for-28 with FIVE home runs and 10 RBI. Hairston is worth riding while hot, but don't count on him being a long term solution, especially with Bay waiting in the wings.
Hank Conger LA Angels (C)- The Halos called up their prized prospect with Bobby Wilson sidelined with concussion symptoms. Conger showed some pop last season with six home runs and 19 RBI in less than 200 at bats. Conger had trouble making contact though, hitting a paltry .209. A first round pick in 2006, Conger is 2-for-6 in a pair of starts since getting the call. Hank has been quite productive while climbing the minor league ranks and brings added value as a switch hitter.
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